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Fulham at home to Newcastle :- Match Preview

last updated Monday 10th December 2012, 1:08 PM


Fulham manager Martin Jol
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It might sound like stating the obvious, but after going almost five hours without scoring Fulham manager Martin Jol admits that his struggling side are in dire need of a goal to kick-start their season.

After starting their campaign brightly - despite a number of high-profile exits - the Cottagers' lack of squad depth has been brought into sharp focus, and they face Newcastle on Monday without a win in seven attempts.

"I don't think it was a big problem before the Sunderland game [Fulham lost 3-1], so for us failure and success is an unbelievably thin line," said Dutchman Jol. "We had a loss after that against Stoke, then we had a draw at Chelsea and lost against Spurs so everything happened in two weeks.

"We have to pick up ourselves and pick up some points.

"It is always the same. Three weeks ago we were all very happy at Fulham and two weeks later the situation totally changes."

For Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, he hopes the impending return of the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa can spark Newcastle into life.

The 25-year-old France international has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, and the Magpies have lacked attacking invention.

"If there was one defender to beat and I had to choose a player to beat him, it would be Hatem," said Pardew. "That's his real strength."

Of this match, Pardew said: "Every Premier League game brings its own difficulties, so it doesn't really matter too much who the opposition is. It's about ourselves and we produced a level of football against Wigan and Stoke that has buoyed us all on the training ground, and you can see that. There's definitely a stronger attitude to attack games."

    Head-to-head



  • Fulham and Newcastle have met 58 times in the league. Fulham have won 25, Newcastle 20 and with 13 draws.


  • Fulham have won five of their last six Premier League home matches against Newcastle, including each of the last three. Their only defeat since 2005 was 1-0 in January 2007, when Joey Barton scored the only goal.



  • Fulham


  • Have failed to win in their last seven Premier League matches, their longest run without a win within the same season in two years.


  • Have also failed to score in their last three Premier League matches - equalling their longest ever run without a Premier League goal. If they fail to score against Newcastle, it will be their longest run without a top-flight goal in 51 years.


  • Have lost 14 points from winning positions this season - the most of any PL club that also featured in the division last season.



  • Newcastle


  • Have lost four of their last five Premier League visits to London. Their only win in the last nine was 2-0 at Chelsea in May.


  • Have failed to win in all seven Premier League away matches this season, picking up only four points.


  • Demba Ba is set to make his 50th Premier League appearance for Newcastle. He has scored 26 goals in the top flight for them.
























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